District VIII

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District VIII Quick Facts:

  • Total Students: 25,672
  • Percentage of HISD Students in District (2018-2019): 12%
  • Neighborhoods Served: Downtown, Eado, East Houston, Greater Eastwood, Northshore, Port Houston, and Second Ward
  • Total Schools: 37
  • Number of IR Campuses (2019-2020): 2
  • Current Trustee: Judith Cruz
  • Next Election: 2023

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Judith Cruz

Judith Cruz was elected as the District VIII trustee in November 2019, and her seat will be up for election again in 2023. She currently serves as the board’s Second Vice President. Judith earned her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Bilingual Special Education from George Washington University. Judith is a native Texan and 15-year resident of Houston.

Judith taught in HISD at Wisdom (formerly Lee) High School and was part of the first team of teachers to found Liberty High School. She is an alumnae of Teach for America. After her time as a teacher, she continued to be a part of HISD as a volunteer on various committees and parent. She recently worked for DiscoverU, an education-based non-profit organization. To learn more about Judith, visit the HISD Board website.

As part of Houston GPS’s work in advocating for effective school board governance, we attend each school board meeting and grade the trustees on our five core values: impact, collaboration, stewardship, equity, and leadership. See our rating chart for Judith Cruz below to see her ratings over time. To learn more about our ratings, see our Mission and Core Values and our grading rubric.

Email Judith Cruz at [email protected].

Elementary Schools:

  • Biotech Academy at Rusk
  • Burnet
  • Cage
  • Carrillo
  • Crockett
  • Eliot
  • Eliot DAEP
  • Gregory-Lincoln (PK-8)
  • Harris, R.P
  • Henderson, J.P
  • Lantrip
  • Laurenzo ECC
  • Marshall
  • Martinez, R.
  • Oates
  • Port Houston
  • Pugh
  • Robinson
  • Scroggins
  • Sherman
  • Texas Connections Academy (3-12)
  • Tijerina
  • Wharton (K-8)
  • Whittier
  • Young Scholars Academy

Middle Schools:

  • Edison
  • McReynolds
  • Navarro
  • Project Chrysalis

High Schools: 

  • Austin
  • Carnegie Vanguard
  • East Early College
  • Eastwood Academy
  • Furr
  • High School for Law and Justice
  • Kinder HSPVA
  • Mid College at HCC Fraga

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